The Origin of 365 Ways...

I came across this amazing book by Phillippe Bourseiller when i was in Denmark close to a year ago: "For the past 15 years, Phillippe Bourseiller has photographed nature from every angle: from the eruption of the volcano Pinatubo to the great deserts of ice and sand, he has captured the hidden colours and breathtaking lights of our planet. But our contemporary way of life threatens this fragile beauty. To encourage more restraint, Philippe Bourseiller teams 365 photographs with a daily ecological action. Each of the initiatives is accompanied by facts and statistics that illustrate the threats to the environment posed by our behavious, and demonstrate the beneficial consequences of the recommended actions. Each day reveals the image of a wonder of nature along with the guidelines to preserve our planet. Through the pages of 365 Ways to Save the Earth, a truly ethical way of life takes shape." Starting from today, i would like to post each inspiring page according to the days on the yearly calendar (supposed to start from jan, but...i'll catch up!). Hopefully, you'll look at everyday a little differently after this...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Agriculture - Buy organic food for your baby

White Desert, Egypt

Studies have shown that human exposure to pesticides can cause neurological disturbances, increase the frequency of certain cancers, damage the immune system and reduce male fertility. Pesticides degrade soil and contaminate drinking water, leading to significant clean-up costs. These chemicals also kill non-targeted insects and affect all organisms higher up in the food chain. A conventional farmer might use as many as 450 different authorised pesticides, whereas an organic farmer might use just 7 natural pesticides, and only then in a controlled way.
If 'going organic' for the whole family looks like a daunting project, at least give priority to feeding organic foods to babies and young children. The average child has 4 times more exposure than an adult to at least 10 widely used cancer-causing pesticides. Pesticides can increase susceptibility to certain cancers by breaking down the immune system's resistance to cancer cells. Infants and children are among those at greatest risk.

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